KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno wants the Education Minister to reconsider his decision to cut short the tenure of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor, Datuk Dr Kamarudin Mudin.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the news was "shocking and disappointing", as Dr Kamarudin had been doing a good job in running the administration of the university with integrity and transparency.
Abdul Rahman said the move to shorten the tenure of Dr Kamarudin a year ahead of his term without a proper reason was not acceptable.
"Shortening his tenure without any good reason will definitely create a lot of baseless negative perceptions of Dr Kamarudin.
"Education Minister (Dr Maszlee Malik) should act fairly," he said in a statement issued on Friday (June 21).
On Wednesday, Dr Kamarudin, who took over as vice-chancellor in June 2017, told staff of UMS that his tenure had been cut short to July 29 and that he respected the decision of the Education Minister.
He told the staff that his decision to announce the notice was to avoid any rumours about his position.
Abdul Rahman said that the hard work of Dr Kamarudin had helped get the university recognised as one of the top 1,000 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings 2020.
He said UMS was also ranked 206 among the best universities in Asia last year.
"UMS has also proven their graduate employability standing at 75%," Rahman said, adding that it was the collective effort of the staff led by Dr Kamarudin.
Sabah Umno, he said, hopes that the Education Minister was not making a decision due to pressure by certain quarters as Dr Kamarudin was a valuable asset to the university.
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